Rialto Theater

West Main Street,
Medford, OR 97501

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Rialto Theater

“The handsome and well-appointed new Rialto Theater was formally opened last night to capacity audiences and with many turned away for lack of room.

Last night and today nothing but high praise was heard for the theater, its splendid arrangement and appointments and its opening attraction. Especially were the audiences pleased with the ventilating system which provides continuous fresh air, and the comfortable and commodious seats.

Messrs. Percy and Moran, the owners and managers of the theater, were the recipients of many warm congratulations.

A much-appreciated feature of both shows last night was the music by the symphonic orchestral organ, which was played by a skilled professional.

Rex Beach’s “The Barrier”, the opening attraction, will be given today and Saturday with matinees at 2 p.m. and evening shows at 7 and 9 p.m.“ —Medford Mail Tribune, August 31, 1917, page 2.

The Rialto Theater was still operating in 1950.

Contributed by Jack

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

JackInPDX on August 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

The following site has some great info and photos of the old Rialto: http://id.mind.net/%7Etruwe/tina/rialto.html

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 5, 2011 at 12:31 am

Here is Jack’s link, for people who don’t like to copy and paste. The page indicates that the Rialto closed on January 3, 1953.

A survey of buildings designed by architect Frank C. Clark lists the Rialto Theatre as one of his works, though it gives the year of the project as 1919. I don’t know if they simply got the year wrong, or if it indicates that Clark designed some alterations to the theater in 1919. The 1982-83 survey lists the theater as gone, but doesn’t give the year of its demolition.

DonaldKirk on July 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

The storefront on the right was the entrance to the Rialto; and the left larger storefront, the Rialto was in the Rear Half. The theatre was gutted and became a furniture store for many years, but sit’s empty, with a for sale sign in it; and cardboard theatre information history just inside the windows. This past week (July 4, 2012) crews have been putting a new roof on the building. The right storefront does have a portal inside that states “Rialto Theatre”. Don Kirk – Medford

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